HEALTHY CHOICES: DO THE ONE THING YOU’RE NOT DOING NOW….
I had the exciting opportunity to attend a talk by Kris Carr last weekend, during which she explained how she’s transitioned her previously health-destructive diet and lifestyle choices to much more health-supportive ones, after having been diagnosed with advanced cancer ten years ago. As a cancer survivor, she prefers referring to herself as a cancer thriver, since she’s now feeling and doing better—and living a more fulfilled life—than at any time before.
After reviewing the key components of her anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle (more fruits and veggies, less processed food, no more meat or dairy, and much more self-love and self-care in terms of her own self-talk and expectations), she was asked: If you could choose just one of all these important steps toward improving health, which one would you recommend?
Her answer: Do the one thing you’re not doing! For me, this translated into Juicing. I’m already mostly vegetarian, and I’m leaning into becoming (sort of) vegan; and I include whole, raw, dehydrated, fruit and veggie juice concentrates in my daily diet, but….I rarely actually fire up the juicer, put fresh stuff in, and enjoy all those wonderful nutrients that emerge in the form of a large, delicious glass of juice.
I even took her recommendation a step further and substituted my nice, fresh juice for a caffeine fix; she was right, it gave me just as much energy, and even felt like “cleaner” energy, than caffeine can produce. Then I took her self-love/self-care message to heart and patted myself on the back for making myself some juice 🙂 I timed cleaning the juicer, too: only ten short minutes!
My biggest takeaway from her presentation was probably the part about how hard we often are on ourselves, and how we really don’t need to beat ourselves up all the time about NOT getting everything done on our to-do lists, or NOT being perfect, or NOT accomplishing a particular goal by a particular time….Kris spent a lot of her talk reminding us all of the beauty of staying as much as possible in the present moment, savoring all that it holds.
When we’re feeling depressed, we’re living in the past; when we’re feeling anxious, we’re living in the future; but when we’re at peace, we are living exactly now….in THIS moment….with THESE people and these feelings of connection and contribution, and with this wonderful love from and around our universe and the amazing people it holds, including ourselves.
The most memorable part of the night, for me, was when I gave Kris a signed copy of my book. She seemed so excited and so happy for me, held my book firmly in front of her, and declared, “I can’t wait to read your book!” However that comment unfolds—whether she does get a chance to read it or not—I felt in that moment completely validated by her; and I experienced how important and positive that simple validation can feel. I resolved to be more present with the people who appear in my life; to really listen to them; and in so doing, to validate them for who THEY are.
So take that next step! Make one healthy choice that you’re not making now; and I’ll be at your side, cheering you on, as the incredible Kris Carr cheered me, and all of us, on last Saturday night.